Weekly Connection - February 1, 2018​
Sunday, February 4, 2018

Worship 8:30am & 10:45am
Education 9:30am
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

We look forward to seeing you in worship Sunday morning.

Here is a LINK to last week’s sermon.
This Sunday​​​​​​​
9:30am    Adult Education, Friends Hall
                Adult Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
                Thoughtful Parents, Room 102
                Youth & Children's Sunday School, 2nd Level & Basement Level Classrooms 
11:45am   Youth Sponsored All Church Talent Show & Chili Dinner
                 SURJ, Sr. Pastor's Office
This Week at Saint Andrew
Jan 29 - Feb 6    El Higueral Mission Trip
Feb 5        Personnel Committee Meeting, 7pm, Sr. Pastor's Office
Feb 6        Men's Breakfast, 7:30am, Ginger Sue's, Olathe
                 Women's Retreat Planning Meeting, 6pm, Friends Hall
Feb 8        Wise Women, 7pm, Friends Hall
Feb 9        Wacky Winter Olympics, 6:30pm, Friends Hall
See the full Calendar
Joys & Concerns
We ask God's blessing and comfort for those struggling with health issues and life's other difficulties.

The Saint Andrew youth groups want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Chili Dinner and Talent Show! What a great night! Thanks to everyone who bought tickets, donated food, helped with set-up and clean-up, or shared a talent in the Talent Show! $730 was raised to help fund our summer mission trips. You all helped make it a successful and fun evening!

Sunday we will commission our four travelers to El Higueral - Ann Karasek, Hatsie Mallicoat, Dan Myers, and Andy Schreiner.  They will be traveling January 29 - February 6.
Upcoming Events
Saint Andrew Angels
Souper Bowl of Caring 
The Saint Andrew Angels (our 3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group) will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday, February 4 (Super Bowl Sunday!)  The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. This year, the Angels will be collecting funds between worship services on February 4 which will be donated to the Center of Grace Community Dinners in Olathe. Suggested donation is $1 or the cost of 1 meal.  Look for the Angels in the Hearth Room on “Souper” Bowl Sunday to join the fun!

Wacky Winter Olympics – a Friends & Family Event for All Ages!
Friday, February 9
Opening Ceremony 6:30pm, Closing Ceremony 8:30pm
Join us for crazy fun games, a parade of flags, a photo booth, a “cool” snack, and more! Bring new white socks to donate to the homeless – the more you bring the better your chances in one of the games!  Pick up your FREE tickets in the Hearth Room – and invite your friends! Please rsvp.

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner
February 13
5 - 7pm, Friends Hall
Celebrate with us at this annual pancake feast prepared by the Saint Andrew men! Enjoy tasty pancakes (and more), along with live music from Darin Seidel, and games and crafts for the kids. Please sign up in the Hearth Room or RSVP for planning purposes.

Inter-generational Book Discussion
February 18
2pm, Youth Room
Starting in January, we are offering an Inter-generational Book Discussion.  We are promoting this book  It Ain't so Awful, Falafel  by Firoozeh Dumas with the youth, and we are also inviting the  congregation to read this with the youth.  Our plan is to meet in the Youth Rooml to discuss this book on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.  

It Ain't so Awful Falafel is a realistic fiction book (somewhat autobiographical) about the Iran Hostage situation in the late 1970s.  In the book Cindy (her real name is Zomorod), moves to the United States with her mother and father for her father's job.  At first, things in America are okay.  But then, her home country of Iran is in the news for taking American hostages, and that is when things change for Cindy.  She is bullied, threatened, excluded.  Will Cindy's family have to go back to Iran -- a country that has changed so much since they left?  Or will they be able to live in an America that discriminates against iranian refugees? 

This book is funny, serious, and a great way to learn more about the Iranian Hostage situation from an Iranian's point of view.  We hope that you'll pick up a copy and read this book with the youth.  We'll see you on February 18.

Please let Crysta Baier know if you are interested.  cnbaier@gmail.com.

The Awakening of Hope
Tuesday Nights during Lent:  6pm - 7:30pm
February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20

On Tuesday evenings in Lent, we’ll gather for a light meal, some songs, separate “study” activities for children and adults, and a short closing worship – we’ll plan to be done by 7:30pm.  Our first week, the 20th, we will meet in the Sanctuary because SACC is hosting IHN families that week.  All remaining weeks we will meet in Friends Hall.

This year’s study will encourage each of us to think about why we do the things we do as people of faith and how doing those things are a source of hope for us and for the world around us.  Lenten stories and activities for children will be provided during the adult study.

All ages are invited to attend!

We’ll share in bringing soups, breads and desserts -- look for a sign-up sheet in the Hearth Room beginning on Sunday, February 4. Or RSVP@SACChome.org 
Children & Youth Ministries
Feb 4           Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
Feb 9           Wacky Winter Olympics, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Friends Hall
Feb 11         Sunday School, 9:30am, Second Level Classrooms
                    Angels, 4pm, Room 204
Feb 4         Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                  Youth Group, 12pm, Friends Hall
Feb 9         Wacky Winter Olympics, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Friends Hall
Feb 11       Sunday School, 9:30am, Basement Level Classrooms
                  Youth Group, 4pm, Friends Hall

Thoughtful Parents
9:30am, Room 102
Thoughtful Parents is a group of parents, grandparents, and others who gather on Sunday mornings for support, discussion, and sharing of joys and concerns.  Sometimes we have a guest speaker, sometimes we simply share a topic or article of interest.  

Saint Andrew Angels (3rd, 4th, 5th grade youth group)
February Calendar
The Angels focus on having fun and making a difference in our community! Mark your calendars for these upcoming activities:
February 4 – collecting donations after services for the Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit Center of Grace
February 11 – 4-6pm in room 204, staff appreciation project
February 25 – 4-6pm in room 204, College Care Packages
Contact Tracie Yoder, 3yoders@sbcglobal.net, or Val Webb, val0843@yahoo.com for more information.

Pastor's Class
Pastor's Class is our baptism and confirmation class designed for 5th through 8th graders. We explore what it means to be a Christian, to belong to God, and to be a member of the Christian community. If your child has not been baptized, or was baptized as an infant, this class, in which they are paired with a mentor from our congregation, will give them the opportunity to consider their beliefs, doubts, questions, and passions. Baptisms and confirmations will take place on Sunday, June 3. Classes start in April on Wednesday evenings, but we need early registrations so we can begin our planning and recruitment of mentors. Please contact Rev. Denise Dugan if you have questions or to register for the class.

Vacation Bible School Dates

Mark your calendars for June 18-22, 9am to noon.  VBS is for preschool through 5th grade children, and we’ll need 6th through 12th graders and adults to sign up to work in activity sites or as group leaders. This year’s theme is Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  

Women's Ministries
Ladies Night Out
February 12
7pm, Spin Pizza, Olathe

Wise Women (Men are Welcome!)
February 8
7pm, Friends Hall
February is usually seen as the "month of love", complete with hearts, chocolates, flowers and sentimental cards.  It is also the month for "Heart Health".  On Thursday, Feb. 8th, Wise Women will be presenting a program called HEARTSAFE Hands-Only CPR & AED.This program will showcase a 40 minute presentation on cardiac issues, how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and how to use an AED. It will then allow participants the ability to practice their hands-on skills on manikins, if desired.

This demonstration will include the File of Life program.  Free File of Life magnets will be handed out to participants to take home. These magnets utilize a pouch to place important medical information to be available to friends, family and emergency providers, should you not be able to do so. Alyson Angell, NREMT, Community Education Specialist with JOCO Med-Act will present the program.

Please join us for an educational evening.  Wise Women is a group for women of all ages and friends are always invited. For questions or comments, please contact Rejane Henn at 816-587-1015 or Bernadette Kautio at 913-244-0515.

Women's Retreat
Save the date!  Our annual women's retreat will be May 4 - 5 at Tall Oaks Conference Center.  Brochures will be available soon.  Planning Team Chair is Lois Penn.
SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology)​​
SAGE gratefully accepts your donations of bird seed or cash to purchase bird seed.  Cash donations can be placed in the birdhouse located in the Hearth Room or in the offering basket marked "bird seed."  Bags of bird seed can be placed in the marked space in Friends Hall.​​​​​​​
Mission & Outreach
The Saint Andrew Mission Team resolves to seek God, create community and practice justice by actively promoting congregational engagement in the community, both locally and globally.  Here is a current Mission Committee Update.

IHN Hosting
February 18 - 25
Saint Andrew will host IHN families February 18 - 25.  We will have many volunteer slots to fill for trained and untrained volunteers.  We will send out an email next with a link to sign up or you can contact Jodi Dinkins or Stevie Morris to learn more and/or sign up.

House of Abraham
House of Abraham can use volunteers almost any day, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  (mornings preferred for half day volunteers)  Potential volunteers can go to the following web site to sign up and see how many needed each day.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement program uses volunteers in many capacities to support refugees as they make Kansas City their new home.  If you are interested in helping, look through this list of volunteer needs and contact Judi Barkema to get connected with the programs that interest you the most.
From the Church Office
We are now using a Google Drive site to provide Saint Andrew members with monthly financial reports, Leadership Circle minutes, current directory, and access to other important SACC documents.  If you would like access to these documents, please email Debbi@sacchome.org.

If you would like to have your financial donation to SACC processed monthly from your bank account or a credit card as automatic payments to SACC, please submit this form to Debbi Adams, Church Administrator.​
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